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CHART STORY: JAY-Z IS A ROC STAR
Epic has three in the Top 5. (7/21a)
EPIC HAS LOUIS' "BACK"
1D lad drops very grown-up track. (7/21a)
BOY-BAND BATTLE BEGINS, PRETTYMUCH
It's like BSB vs. NSYNC, 2017 edition. (7/21a)
SONY/ATV AND MIJAC MUSIC RENEW THEIR VOWS
This one's a literal Thriller. (7/21a)
THE SPIRIT OF LIFE, IN SPITE OF US
Hope floats. (7/21a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
PIZZA: A MUSICAL JOURNEY
Our treatment's almost done.
WHAT'S COMING IN Q4
Apart from eggnog and inertia, we mean.
THE STORY OF MO
A gripping yarn.
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CHART STORY: JAY-Z IS A ROC STAR
Epic has three in the Top 5. (7/21a)
EPIC HAS LOUIS' "BACK"
1D lad drops very grown-up track. (7/21a)
BOY-BAND BATTLE BEGINS, PRETTYMUCH
It's like BSB vs. NSYNC, 2017 edition. (7/21a)
SONY/ATV AND MIJAC MUSIC RENEW THEIR VOWS
This one's a literal Thriller. (7/21a)
THE SPIRIT OF LIFE, IN SPITE OF US
Hope floats. (7/21a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
PIZZA: A MUSICAL JOURNEY
Our treatment's almost done.
WHAT'S COMING IN Q4
Apart from eggnog and inertia, we mean.
THE STORY OF MO
A gripping yarn.
RUMOR MILL
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7/22/17

It seems we will likely have a battle for #1 on our next SPS chart, but the race will narrow to two combatants...


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toon
7/22/17

Ripped from the headlines and not likely to heal anytime soon: It's the latest survey of breaking news we call The Lyor Rypor, courtesy of the diseased minds behind our weekly toon.


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7/21/17

Roc Nation’s Jay-Z holds at #1 on this week’s Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart, moving another 92k units. Epic Records, meanwhile, has three of the Top 5 albums, with French Montana scoring the biggest bow (52k) at #3. DJ Khaled and 21 Savage can be found at #4 and #5 with 48k and 41k, respectively.


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Webp.net-gifmaker
7/21/17

“Ten years ago—when we were in recession and the business was struggling more—the deals were tougher and more conservative," attorney Eric Greenspan explains. "So labels came up with 360 deals to make up the difference. Now, it’s moved back a bit towards artists—but only if they have the buzz."


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PrettyMuch
7/21/17

The first serve has just been delivered in an anticipated battle of the boy bands with the release of “Would You Mind,” the debut SYCO/Columbia single from PrettyMuch. Their opponents are Why Don’t We, who released three EPs and a Christmas single prior signing to Atlantic.


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7/21/17

Sony/ATV and the Michael Jackson Estate have extended the admin deal for Jackson’s Mijac Music catalog. The re-upping of the agreement is a big get for Sony/ATV chieftain Marty Bandier.


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Hybrid Theory
7/21/17

As this item is posted at 9am PDT, Linkin Park has taken over the iTunes Store in the wake of Chester Bennington’s death, with 19 singles in the Top 100 and eight albums in the Top 30...


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Louis
7/21/17

Epic is rolling out new music from One Direction alumnus Louis Tomlinson. The newly solo lad teased his poppy new single and video on Good Morning America on Thursday; "Back to You" features Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. The track is currently hovering near the top of the iTunes singles chart.


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LuisFIG
7/21/17

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee's Song of the Summer remains #1 at Pop, while DJ Khaled ascends with "Another One" at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, Portugal. The Man commands the top...


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brantley
7/21/17

Brantley Gilbert is the new face of country at Apple Music. He stars in a new Apple Music spot that debuts 7/23 during NBC’s Pre-Race Show before the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400.


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LanaIG
7/21/17

Lana Del Rey previewed her brand new album Lust For Life by hosting a special listening party for her biggest fans, presented by Spotify at Hollywood hotspot No Vacancy.


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7/21/17

As we celebrate Volume Two of our History of the Music Biz, we bring you a snippet from Michael Sigman's profile of legendary exec Walter Yetnikoff...


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lustforlife
7/21/17

The death of Chester Bennington has affected the iTunes album chart on this flipover Friday as three Linkin Park albums ascend into the Top 10. Lana Del Rey’s latest Interscope release is the leader among new releases.


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the vamps
7/21/17

U.K. band The Vamps have scored their first Official Albums #1, which is also the first this year for UMG U.K. imprint Virgin EMI. “Wild Thoughts” (Black Butter/We The Best) becomes DJ Khaled’s second Official Singles #1.


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7/21/17

NAV & Metro Boomin have dropped their highly-anticipated joint project Perfect Timing, along with a new video for the single and title track via XO/Boominati Worldwide/Republic...


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High5
7/21/17

This summer it feels like two things are a given on a daily basis: The Dodgers will win and Trump will lie. Make that three things: A Friday HITS High Five to savor while you crack open a cold one.


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NIN Tower Billboard
7/21/17

It's a beautiful, sunny day in California; what better time to Add Violence, by which we mean the care-free, summery sounds of Nine Inch Nails?


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coh.corson.capshaw
7/21/17

In one of several shots from the NYC kickoff event for the City of Hope's Spirit of Life campaign, honoree and Red Light founder/chief Coran Capshaw tells RCA's Tom Corson that he's already signed several imaginary bands from Spotify's chill playlist...


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7/21/17

This week’s array of virtual-watercooler topics—framed by Tidal and SoundCloud, a pair of beleaguered but scrappy streameries—includes a mega-manager, an expat label head, a newly minted top agent, double scoop of Epic and a healthier if oft-controversial streaming service...


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7/21/17

Some highly questionable numbers coming from Tidal—what in some quarters might be called “shenanigans”—are making it increasingly difficult to arrive at a clear projection on upcoming releases that derive a significant portion of their totals from streaming...


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Featured Video
Louis Tomlinson f/Bebe Rexha, "Back to You"
Epic's 1D graduate kicks it up to the next level in this steamy duet with siren Rexha, which manages to be infectiously poppy and emotionally stormy at once. And talk about chemistry.
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Big chatter about a hot major-label exec (already pulling down big $$) who's said to be considering making a move.… https://t.co/eIHCDEM5El
Live music veteran #DavidZedeck moves from @LiveNation to @unitedtalent as Head of Music. https://t.co/XO0cIbbaCz https://t.co/CnmFAkpwva
RT @MichelleSFresh: On the importance of cultivating a meaningful audience & @SoundCloud's role in #NewMusic movements https://t.co/4j19byo1Ez @HITSDD
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